Don’t even waste any time considering the rubbish you might have been hearing about possible scenes in Tibet resembling those of the Tienanmen Square Massacre of June 4, 1989. This time, the bloodbath will not be televised.
Think rather of the German phrase used by the Nazis, “Nacht und Nebel”. Literally it means, “night and fog.” It means massive, methodical, but secretive, house-to-house arrests, disappearences, torture, forced confessions and forced denunciations, usually at night and as inconspicuously as possible.
Russia’s secret police (former acronym “NKVD”) used similar tactics during Stalin’s great purges of the 1930s. Here is an illustration, based on a true story, from Nikita Mikhalkov’s “Burnt By The Sun” set during Stalin’s great purge: